Seeing Color: Design Miami Through the Eyes of Eric Chang, co-founder and chief designer of Brooklyn-based luxury furniture label, Hellman-Chang

Jan. 2, 2015
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Recently, I spent three whirlwind days in Miami during Design Miami. For the last few years the event has been making more and more noise in the design world.

I went down the day before Art Basel Miami Beach opened, on December 2, to be a part of a panel called “Disruptors: Thinking Outside the Box” coinciding with the opening of an Andy Warhol Gallery and pop-up sale in JW Marriott, in partnership with Christie’s and Andy Warhol Museum. I had a great time exchanging thoughts with co-panelist Daniel Boulud on how we respectively “disrupted” our luxury industries.

On December 3, I got to attend the Design Miami preview. This was the year of architect Peter Marino! He was the recipient of the inaugural Design Visionary Award and subject of an exhibition at Design Miami, in addition to a large exhibition on his work at the Bass Museum.

Design Miami was a design feast tastefully supported by major corporate sponsors including Perrier Jouet, Audi, Fendi Casa and Swarowski, which each presented thoughtful installations that went beyond the call-of-duty for corporate sponsors. One of our previous collaborators, Swarowski, brought on Jeanne Gang to create a captivating arctic landscape.

Others that caught my attention were: 

The Haas Brothers wall art in R&Company Gallery from LA, which beyond making a big impression, matched my outfit perfectly.
Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV tower reimagined by Naihan Li as a super functional piece of furniture with impressive scale “I am a Monument: CCTV” at Gallery All.
A beautiful walnut bench by Bae Se Hwa at Gallery Seomi.
Mathias Bengtsson’s walnut table with incredibly artistic carved legs.
Janne Kyttanen’s 3D printed “A Void” stool at the Galerie VIVID.

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